His appointment raises the stakes dramatically on the long-simmering allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and had connections with members of the Trump campaign.
At the same time, congressional committees are continuing their own investigations, leading to some turf warfare and sniping as the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee both sought to lay claim to testimony from Comey, while the House Oversight Committee also hoped to hear from the former director. For those counting at home, that's four different, already existing probes of roughly the same topics. "This is only half of the solution", he said. But if Mueller's name sounds familiar, there's a reason; he's one of the most respected people in law enforcement, has stood up to Presidents, and completely changed the face of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But senators present at a closed-door meeting with Mr Rosenstein say the deputy attorney general knew about Mr Comey's impending dismissal the day before he wrote the memo.
The President's comment may also conflict with a sound legal strategy, given that he could eventually be called upon to testify to Mueller's probe. Rosenstein "couldn't have picked a better man to do that job", Sen. He ultimately produced a 150-page report clearing then-Attorney General Janet Reno and other top government officials of any responsibility.
Even some of the administration's biggest critics applauded the move. I wrote it. I believe it.
A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offence that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. It isn't clear that the President grasps the appointment of a special counsel such as Mueller and the growing concerns among Republicans on Capitol Hill have the makings of a stunning situation. "I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witchhunt". The same political pressure that forced Rosenstein's hand also forced him to choose someone in whom most people could have confidence, someone who would not keep quiet if Trump or Sessions tried to interfere with him, and against whom credible grounds for dismissal would be almost impossible to find. In order to force a vote on the bill a petition has to acquire the signatures of the majority of those in the House to vote on the legislation.
Pelosi threw down the gauntlet on Thursday. "Prove the point by having investigations". The action was a concession by the Trump administration to Democratic demands for the investigation to be run independently of the Justice Department.
"In the midst of all of these various investigations, there is an aspect of them that is looking to some extent in the rearview mirror", Harris said. "We'll figure out on General Flynn what the next step, if any, is".
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said Rosenstein told the senators that he knew on Monday, the day before Comey was sacked, that Trump was going to fire him. Lindsey Graham, said he was convinced that Mueller's appointment would hinder Congress' probing.
The events of the last 24 hours appear to have brought into question whether the Trump administration will be able to survive the scandals, most of which it has brought on itself.
For the most part, Republicans have avoided going on the record about an independent commission.
"Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, said, A special counsel is very much needed in this situation and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has done the right thing".
Moments before Trump expressed his reservations on Twitter, Joe Manchin, a democratic senator, welcomed the special counsel investigation.
Some past independent investigations have stretched for years. Three other potential candidates Trump interviewed on Wednesday are former Oklahoma Gov.
"He came in as a line assistant, and he was legendary".